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"Debut novel takes Futuristic Romance to new levels"

Ravyn Verdier, a telecommunications expert, is part of the Colonization Assessment Team assigned to determine the habitability of Jarved Nine, a planet far from her native Earth. Ravyn is no stranger to death. Her parents had been on the front line of the latest wars to rock their world. Her father had died when she was just a child. Her stepfather Gil had been a Spec Ops Officer, and her mother had been a frontline nurse. She and her stepbrother, now a Spec Ops Colonel, had lost them to an unexpected civilian disaster, but nothing compared to the horror she had just witnessed. She had emerged into the common room with a birthday gift for a member of the team, to find all nineteen brutally slain, soundlessly, and with no sign of a struggle.

Damon Brody, commander of a Spec Ops team on a routine training mission on the far side of the planet, responds immediately when an emergency distress signal is received from the CAT headquarters. What the team finds is shockingly grim. Damon goes alone in search for the twentieth victim, and finds Ravyn alive, cowering in shock behind her door.

Damon has a terrible premonition when Ravyn declares she'd not been the one activate the distress beacon. His worst fears are realized when he finds the rest of his squad mutilated in the same manner as the CAT team. He now knew that whatever had killed here had tremendous power and strength. Like the CAT victims, his highly trained combat unit had died without a fight. It is only then that Damon realizes that the victims had been laid out in a specific pattern. They were dealing with a fanatic, a ritual killer.

Knowing that they are not safe here, the two decide to take sanctuary in the abandoned Old City. It is a long and arduous journey, during which the pair quickly learns to respect each other's abilities. Ravyn is surprisingly strong, skilled, determined. Her endurance goes beyond his expectations. So why, when he senses evil stalking them at every turn, does a highly trained warrior like Damon find himself being distracted by her? Well okay, he knows the answer to that question. He's in love, and it appears Rayvn's shares his feelings, but are they real or the result of their situation? Can he afford to give into his desires when he knows that his choices could mean the difference between life and death? What were they facing? Would they find the answers in the Old City? What had become of the people who'd lived there? Could they hold out until help arrived?

Amazing! Lots of risks were taken in the telling of this tale, which I believe ultimately will give it broad appeal. This remarkable debut by Ms. O'Shea takes the genre to new levels. It is labeled futuristic, no doubt due to the romance content, which was engrossing in itself, but personally I would categorize it as romantic science fiction, and recommend it without hesitation to lovers of the SF genre. RAVYN'S FLIGHT should also appeal to readers of military, and romantic suspense. I think the plot would even hold the attention of hard-core horror lovers, but is well balanced enough to keep more squeamish readers (like myself) firmly in its thrall. The protagonists, both main and secondary, were strong, believable role models. The conclusion was well drawn and extremely satisfying Bravo! I can't wait for Ms. O'Shea's next book.

Copyright © 2002

Reviewed by Leslie Tramposch
Posted November 19, 2002

SUMMARY

Ravyn Verdier is on a mission to test the habitability of Jarved Nine. Damon Brody is sent to rescue her when the rest of her team is mysteriously killed. Trapped on a planet that harbors an unimaginable evil, they have only each other.

An abandoned city holds the key to their survival, but what they find behind its ancient walls defies all their preconceived notions and tests the limits of the bond that has formed between them. To succeed, they will have to cast aside their doubts and listen to their hearts. For only when they are linked body and soul—when they realize love is their greatest weapon—will they be able to defeat the force bent on destroying all life.

RAVYN'S FLIGHT will be reissued in August 2006, concurrent to the spin-off ETERNAL NIGHTS.

 

Ravyn's Flight
(Jarved 9: Book 1)
by Patti O'Shea

Love Spell
November 1, 2002
Available: November 2, 2006
ISBN #050552516X
EAN #9780505525161
320 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Patti O'Shea

In The Darkest Night
Edge of Dawn
In Twilight's Shadow
In the Midnight Hour
Shards of Crimson
Eternal Nights
Through a Crimson Veil
The Power of Two


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